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Old 01-06-2011, 11:46 PM
 
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:50 PM
 
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I definitely think Atlanta is an Olympic city. It is the Capital of the American South--a world region that has elements of an autonomous country.

However, I think 1996 was way too soon for Atlanta. I could see Atlanta having the Olympics sometime after 2004.

But then, some would say that Atlanta wouldn't be the great, international city it is today if hadn't hosted the Olympics in 1996. This is hard.
 
Old 01-06-2011, 11:53 PM
 
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Atlanta is a very nice city...but it's not on the level of the other cities which were bidding. I think it was a pretty solid mis-step by the Olympic Committee to be honest.

Look at the list of the cities since 1980: Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London (2012), Rio de Janeiro (2016).

The city that doesn't fit is Atlanta. Again, this isn't an insult to Atlanta because it's a fine city...but how did it beat out Toronto? Sydney and Athens both received the Olympics since then, so let's just focus on Toronto. It's a much larger, more important, worldly city than Atlanta. It just seems odd.

Perhaps Toronto was snubbed because of the colossal failure that was the Montreal games? I don't know.

Edit: I just watched the video...and I don't know what to say. Who decided the best move was to make everything look like a high school football game? They legit had a friggin high school football marching band. I love marching bands, and it's not saying that they're bad...but this is THE OLYMPICS. This is supposed to introduce you to the world and you're spelling out "How Y'all Doin?!" on a giant blue gym mat. Do you want people to take you seriously?

When I heard "and here come the pick up trucks!" I nearly spit out all my coffee and I wasn't even drinking any. I half-expected a bunch of people to come out with T-Shirt cannons to fire off Confederate flags into the crowd.

I love how the announcers were making veiled criticisms of the ceremony even while it was happening: "They're not going to apologize for doing it like this"

Overall, this would have been a great opening to a Dawgs-Jackets game...but not the Olympics.
I thought the Opening Ceremonies were great.
 
Old 01-06-2011, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I definitely think Atlanta is an Olympic city. It is the Capital of the American South--a world region that has elements of an autonomous country.

However, I think 1996 was way too soon for Atlanta. I could see Atlanta having the Olympics sometime after 2004.

But then, some would say that Atlanta wouldn't be the great, international city it is today if hadn't hosted the Olympics in 1996. This is hard.
Do you think Atlanta wouldn't be called that today if it never hosted the Olympics???
 
Old 01-07-2011, 05:38 AM
 
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Maybe Atlanta didn't "deserve" it, but supposedly it's not the worst of modern times. That would go to Vancouver, apparently: Concerns and controversies over the 2010 Winter Olympics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; http://theweek.com/article/index/106...ouver-blunders

London is off to a bad start with its logo, which looks like it should be the logo for a 1985 children's sitcom:



Lastly, if folks are interested in getting another Summer Olympics, the place to start isn't atoning for past games; it's reforming one of the most restrictive and labyrinthine visa regimes of any non-dictatorship in the world. Welcome to America!
 
Old 01-07-2011, 05:48 AM
 
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The couldn't care less option is missing.
 
Old 01-07-2011, 07:01 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Maybe Atlanta didn't "deserve" it, but supposedly it's not the worst of modern times. That would go to Vancouver, apparently: Concerns and controversies over the 2010 Winter Olympics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; Worst Olympics ever? 12 epic Vancouver blunders - The Week

London is off to a bad start with its logo, which looks like it should be the logo for a 1985 children's sitcom:



Lastly, if folks are interested in getting another Summer Olympics, the place to start isn't atoning for past games; it's reforming one of the most restrictive and labyrinthine visa regimes of any non-dictatorship in the world. Welcome to America!
the prevailing thought about the 2012 logo is "Lisa Simpson performing a certain sex act".
 
Old 01-07-2011, 08:16 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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LOL, seriously; are we really going THERE? The obsession over my hometown on CD never ceases to amaze me.
Apparently the Olympic Committee thought so...which in this case is all that matters.
This thread comes off sounding like sour grapes to me. Most of you have not a clue how much time, effort and dedication that Billy Payne and the Atlanta committee put into bringing it here so please, just get over yourselves.

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Old 01-07-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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Supposedly bribery was involved.
Where did you read that, in the Globe or the Weekly World News?
 
Old 01-07-2011, 08:49 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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